As there is not a separate forum for the "Library of American Comics", I'll start this thread.
Also, any plans for slipcases or the like? One reason I've held off on the Dick Tracy books was thinking you might do slipcases like Fantagraphics has done with Peanuts and Dennis the Menace.
Ryall wrote:First, regarding Annie, we'll talk more about the plans for those volumes as soon as we finalize what we're doing. That one's a bit touchy, since there are two contingents, one who want to see us start from the very beginning, and one who doesn't want to see us redo what Fantagraphics has already done. So we're looking into the best way to make people happy.
We've talked about slipcases but don't have any plans to do them right now.
First, regarding Annie, we'll talk more about the plans for those volumes as soon as we finalize what we're doing. That one's a bit touchy, since there are two contingents, one who want to see us start from the very beginning, and one who doesn't want to see us redo what Fantagraphics has already done. So we're looking into the best way to make people happy.
Secondly, redoing what Fantagraphics did doesn't bother me too much. What has been frustrating is that some strips have gotten multiple reprints over the years, while other have been more spotty (and there are several that have gotten few or poor reprints that deserve better). Heck, there have been 3 separate efforts to reprint the Alex Raymond Flash Gordon, and I don't have a complete set of any of them! Some people might be upset about you all yet again reprinting Terry & the Pirates, when NBM did 3 different reprint series over the years. I can tell you that of the 3 series they did, I only have one volume, and so will be quite happy to get your new reprint series, and sell off that one volume I have! A different example, I like what Fantagraphics is doing regarding the reprints of Krazy Kat. They started off were Eclipse left off, but have said once they are done, they plan to go back and do those strips as well. That's fine with me, I'd like a SINGLE set of strip reprints. Not a hodge-podge of different collections from different publishers.
WW Doctor wrote:
New to the forum, but I had to add my 2 cents on the Little Orphan Annie debate. I'm very much of the opinion that starting from the beginning the way to go. While some may own the Fantagraphics reprints, some of those are out of print and may be difficult to obtain. It's going to be difficult to explain and attract new readers (which I am sure you want to do) when the first thing you're having to do is explain why you're not starting at the beginning. Besides, starting at the beginning seems to have worked out real well for a certain reprint series starring a round-headed kid and a beagle.
WW Doctor wrote:I disagree. I've always wanted to read Krazy Kat, but I would have preferred that Fantagraphics had started at the beginning. Yes, that would have meant reprinting the Eclipse issues. Once again, though, Fantagraphics is stuck having to explain to new readers why they aren't getting to read the early Kat stuff and in some ways are made to feel like second-class citizens because they weren't smart enough to buy the Eclipse reprints back in the day. I might be more forgiving if the Eclipse stuff was more readily available. That's why I'm not as upset about the Terry reprints, as the NBM books are long out-of-print and difficult to obtain and this comes from someone who owns a set of the Terry NBM paperbacks.
WW Doctor wrote:Needless to say, I don't envy those who have to make this decision in regards to LOA. But from one who has never had the chance to read LOA (but has wanted to), I think the smartest choice is to follow the lead of other successful reprint series like Peanuts, Dennis the Menace and IDW's own Dick Tracy and start the LOA series at the beginning. In the end, I think it just makes the most sense.
WW Doctor wrote:While I'm not disagreeing that the 1930s-1940s LOA material may be better. As I noted in my previous post, I've yet to read anything of LOA, so as for what's better, I have no idea.
I guess I just don't see that many new readers (like myself) jumping onboard with 1936 strips, when the strip began in 1924. That's a total of 12 years of strips! It also means attempting to locate earlier reprints, which may prove to be a challenge, one which many new readers won't attempt.
What has especially attracted me to the recent reprint series (like Peanuts and Dick Tracy) is that they have been started with the idea of being complete and chronological. By starting anytime after 1924, you defeat this obvious selling point for new readers and possibly hurt sales of the series.
To me at least, starting in 1936 feels like "cherry-picking", we're going to do the "best" stuff first and the "lesser" stuff later. My thinking is that Peanuts and Dick Tracy (and the Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side collections as well) have shown that those who really are interested in comic strip reprints would rather have it all, and would prefer to have it from the beginning in order.
emb021 wrote:Well, what about the Gasoline Alley reprints that ignore the first four years or so? (but they don't bother to call their reprint efforts 'Complete', and if you really want to read those early strips, they are available from other sources, like SPEC.)
For me, I've read edited collections of comic strips (Dick Tracy, Red Barry, LOA, etc), which have focused on specific storylines. The fact that the particular storylines you are reading come from 5, 10, 15, or more years after the strip started really don't affect your enjoyement. Its not like trying to read a novel and having the first 5-6 chapters missing.
I think its pointing that they haven't make it clear where they will begin! The publishers know this is a concern. Not everyone will be happy! Maybe they should do a 'staggered' reprint schedule. Do one from the early years, then one from the 30s/40s, and go back and forth.
Whatever they do, I'll buy them. I just don't want to have to wait even longer to read the better stuff from the 30s/40s that I haven't.
redfusion wrote:Hopefully the Terry and the Pirates book doesn't print any pages upside down like my Volume 2 of Dick Tracy.
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